Yamada Taro, a freshman on a scholarship at Ichinomiya Private Senior High School, is high-achieving, strikingly handsome, and truly athletic and seems perfect. But he is actually extremely poor. The story humorously portrays Taro, who tackles problems that occur because of his poverty, and his six younger brothers and sisters. --TBS
Cast & Credits
The plot doesn't seem much at first and it actually may appear to be very superficial, but sometimes appearences may fool you and I think so was this case with this drama. Even though the story is indeed very light and easy-going, the peculiar thing about it is the way it portrays human relationships, not with all the drama and troubles, but the way they're supposed to be - simple and based on understanding and mutual help. Sometimes, we need light-hearted stories to remind us to be optimistic and forget about our daily problems and this drama it did its job. It's very heart-warming and touching at times, so you'll find yourself quickly drawn into the story and root for the characters. And it's also very hilarious - the kind of funny that it both makes you laugh and touches your heart.
There are a variety of characters - from the poor, nice, family-oriented boy to the rich, but distant guy. Again, they might seem too standard at first, but they actually grow on you. They go through some things, they learn what's important and by the end of the day, their view on life, no matter their differences, changes. There's actually a lot of debate on whether it's good or not to be poor as long you still have a loving family beside you, or being rich, but not being able to express yourself and get closer to the ones you cherish.
The male leads are really the ones who make this drama what it is and I have to say what else would you expect from two great actors such as Ninomiya Kazunari and Sakurai Sho. The character that Ninomiya plays might seem the usual happy-go-lucky type of guy, but he's really very thoughtful and caring, not to mention pretty much a genius; while Sho's character is more of a cold, reserved guy, he actually starts to come more out of his shell and embrace all of his emotions, without refraining himself from anything. Taro's family is also a big part of the story and you can't help but loving each one of them, especially those adorable kids who always try their best for their brother and don't cause any problems. The only character that annoyed me was Ikegami Takako, the female lead, who kept her strong belief in superficial things such as money and popularity almost all the way through the end, so I just ignored her.
There's also a lot of bromance not only between the main characters, but also from a supporting character as well, or should I say, especially from one of the supporting characters... you'll get my point if you watch it! I just loved their relationship because it was so simple, yet so strong... it was really a good add to this drama!
I definitely would rewatch this sometime in the future because it's very entertaining and warm, and just a nice way to spend your time!
I know some of the supporting characters were annoying and their reactions were a bit exaggerated, but overall I enjoyed this drama. You should give it a try if you're in the mood for something light and funny, but also with a bit of insightful message!
The story might not seem particularly notable, and actually rather cliche, but Yamada Taro Monogatari turned out to have a very interesting final conflict and ending. It was a touching story about friendship, family, and making it past financial troubles. It's cliche, but you'll just have to trust me when I say it's worth a try if you're looking for laughs AND tears.
I will disclaim that I did not like the first few episodes that focus on the leading actress AT ALL. I didn't like the actress to begin with, and her acting gave me creeper goosebumps. Blech! She gets better later, I suppose. This brings me to the acting/cast...not much to say. This drama was meant to be an idol drama, so I didn't expect much of the acting, and I was right to do so. Nino's acting throughout, though, pulled together the drama for me. His parents [in the drama] were the strangest...people...ever.
I have no comments on the music...I don't remember any of it except the opening theme that made me really energized after hearing it. xD
Rewatch? I don't usually rewatch anyway, but I'll probably rewatch a few episodes that were particularly funny. ;)
Overall, you'll have your share of laughs and of tears. I recommend watching this to loosen up after a long day--it's nothing too serious, but still has some integrity to its plot.
PS: +1 point in "Overall" for the kids at the ending. ; A ;